Coping with Stress (A Day in a Life)
Anger, Irritability, Anxiety, Depression
It was one of those days in which everything seems as out of uniformity. Not even a good shower can change the mood in you. The very instant that you think about something important that needs to be taken care of for the day, an unseen and unrelated piece of thought crosses you mind, like a thunder flash, and interferes with your good intentions.
Even though, I don´t consider myself superstitious, I accept that I placed a left foot on the floor, first, when leaving my bed. A bored yawn invaded me totally and remained in a semi-recumbent position at the edge of my bed; with nothing in mind, my sight explored every corner of my room, concluding with a thorough examination of my bedroom´s ceiling.
Types of Stress
- Acute Stress
- Episodic Acute Stress
- Chronic Stress
Sources of Stress
What is the source of your stress?
No driving force was operating within me at that moment; instead, hazy memories of my family and work events began to manifest through my mind, reminding me of the situations that brought me there.
¨This room that I´m living into is too small; the paint on the walls is damaged; the leak in the bathroom has not been fixed since I arrived here and the windows are too high for me to observe the outside, ¨ I pondered as I examined the noticeable deficiencies of my room.
I, as many people, have experience stress sporadically in life, but many times I have not even taken the sufficient time to find the real source of my stress, instead, I have let it vanish, over time.
Moving to a New Home can be Stressful
I walked to the little kitchen, which as the other room had many finishing defects; a kitchen sink with stained spots around and a stove that lacked one handle. I was about to prepare breakfast, but a sour taste in my mouth prevented me from doing so; instead, I prepared a hot cup of coffee.
It’s been said that the ¨would have done¨ is used to describe unreal events and that is exactly what my head was being bombarded with at the moment;
¨if I had done this, ¨…
¨If I had done that, ¨…
A part of my brain kept repeating
Worrying can Lead to Stress
I placed a wet towel over my head and laid on the bed for some moments, and did not stand up until my stomach began to growl with hunger. Instead of eating breakfast at home, I decided to go outside and find me a good place for that purpose.
I was passing by a game center and decided to step inside. Something inside me was desiring to avoid the reality of that day, the reality that my recent past decisions had brought me into, but at which I was not completely satisfied.
Effects of Stress
- Upset Stomach
- Difficulty Sleeping
- difficulty Concentrating
¨I´m not the only one experiencing this, ¨ I kept repeating to myself; there are many like me; women, and men alike. This thought reminded me that I was not alone and that there were more souls out there suffering, like me.
I went inside a subway station and jumped inside the first empty wagon in front of me intending to ride a round trip. Soon, the wagon got packed with people, which, unlike me, were heading directly to their jobs, schools…. None of them seemed to have been captured by the ailment I was suffering.
It was on the way back, late in the evening that my mood that had accompanied me for a number of hours had synchronized with that of those who had left their daily occupations and were returning to their homes. They all looked more relaxed and behaved differently from what I have seen that morning.
Many of them were chatting with other people cheerfully as if they knew each other for a long time. This made me think that in order to fit into a society that is driven by a capitalist system; one has to synchronize with that lifestyle so that one does not feel excluded.
Prevent or reduce stress by
- Taking time to relax
- Get active and eat healthy
- Plan ahead your activities
- Talk to friends or family
- Remain calm at stressful events
I arrived safely at home and went inside directly to the kitchen.
¨A hot cup of coffee and then something light to eat do not sound too bad to me, ¨ I was thinking, while my right hand turned the keys to let the door open.
I was more relaxed, now, than six or more hours ago. The kitchen and all of its imperfections did not bother me, as it did in the morning neither the scratched paint on the walls of my room. Soon, my mind and my desires were all set in the immediate present, so I prepared me a decent dinner and spend some time watching TV before going to bed.
¨I’ll catch the good vibes tomorrow,¨ I considered, referring to the people I had seen riding on the subway that morning.
Quick Facts About Stress
- Stress is a natural reaction of the human body to the environment
- Laughter is the best natural remedy for stress
- Chewing gum eases stress
- A stressor can affect a person in the short term (acute or on the long term (chronic).
- Three fourths of the world´s population suffer from some type of stress
- The working population undergoes emotional, physical and mental stress
- Stress is one of the principal factors producing insomnia
- Stress produces high cholesterol, chest pain, cardiac deficiencies and depression
- Exceedingly stressed women experiment a higher tendency for suicide, especially those who work
- Living in a highly developed and urbanized city can be highly stressful
- Chocolate and cocoa, rich in antioxidants, are known to reduce stress
- Being exposed to extremely loud noises can produce acoustic stress
- Stress is related with deaths stemming from accidents, heart disease, suicide, cancer, cirrhosis of the liver and lung disorders
- Stress is known to enhance human survival due to a release of certain hormones
- Based on an opinion poll, the main cause of stress in nearly all regions of the world is the lack of financial freedom